Onkyo HT-BD3315 review

There's a perfectly good Home Cinema system crying to get out here, but this Onkyo is hamstrung by its lacklustre speakers Tested at £500.00

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Our Verdict

Two-thirds of the way there (and in some style) but this Onkyo system is crying out for more accomplished speakers

For

  • Flexible spec
  • swift and sure effects steering
  • detailed, colourful images

Against

  • Speakers let it down
  • motion issues

In this instance, for 'home cinema in a box' read either 'separate components at a special price' or 'home cinema in several boxes'.

The Onkyo HT-BD3315 consists of HT-R380 multichannel receiver, BD-SP308 Blu-ray player and HTP-338 5.1 speaker package, and its pros are almost exactly equal to its cons when judged against more integrated systems.

The most obvious 'pro' is the HT-R380 receiver. Three HDMI inputs make it more flexible than most all-in-ones. Separating disc transport from the electrical noise of amplification can't do any
harm, either.

A system like this occupies a fair bit more space than your usual all-in-one, though, and better-integrated systems don't show up with two remote controls.

Decoding the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack to the ferocious Ninja Assassin, the Onkyo establishes a secure, relatively expansive soundstage and moves the effects around with speed and precision.

Just one weak link
Images enjoy good levels of detail, a nicely balanced colour palette and convincing skin-tones.

For all its general poise, though, the Blu-ray player is sometimes panicked by motion and doesn't offer quite the insight into or differentiation of black tones that some other affordable standalone players can muster.

The HT-BD3315's biggest drawback, however, is its speaker system. For all the good work the amp does, it can't do much about the thin voices with which the speakers sing.

There's a coarse and gauzy quality to the top of the frequency range; and the subwoofer seems, at best, on nodding terms with its five partners. To be fair, though, that's a failing of almost every all-in-one system we've heard.

There's an extremely competent system struggling to get out here, but while it's saddled with these speakers it's never going to compete for top honours.

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Specifications

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Physical Characteristics

Total System Weight Approximate19.40 kg
A-V Receiver Height15.2 cm
Center Speaker Depth10.2 cm
Subwoofer Height42.5 cm
Front Speaker Width11.1 cm
Video Player Width43.5 cm
Front Speaker Depth10.1 cm
Rear Speaker Height16.1 cm
Weight Approximate8 kg - A/V Receiver, 800 g - Front Speaker, 900 g - Centre Speaker, 700 g - Rear Speaker, 5.50 kg - Subwoofer, 2 kg - Video Disc Player
Subwoofer Width21.1 cm
Video Player Depth20.9 cm
A-V Receiver Width43.5 cm
A-V Receiver Depth32.9 cm
Center Speaker Height11.3 cm
Subwoofer Depth38.1 cm
Rear Speaker Depth10.1 cm
Center Speaker Width23 cm
Front Speaker Height16.1 cm
Video Player Height5.3 cm
Rear Speaker Width11.1 cm
ColourBlack

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of HDMI Outputs2
HDMI Version1.4
Number of Digital Coaxial Outputs3
Component VideoYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs2
iPod SupportedNo
USBYes

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANNo

Audio

RMS Output Power600 W
Sound SystemDolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Neo:6, DTS, DTS HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express, DTS 96/24
Speaker Configuration5.1

Video

Upscale Scan Format1080p
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, DivX HD, DivX 3.x, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.x, DivX, MPEG-2, H.264, AVC, VC-1, AVCHD, AVI, MP4

General Information

Product NameOnkyo HT-BD3315
Product ModelHT-BD3315
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.eu.onkyo.com
Brand NameOnkyo
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerOnkyo & Pioneer Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-BD3315

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Receiver TypeA/V Receiver
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW